Jason Larson has been a part of the Northern Illinois men’s basketball staff since 2011-12, spending his first two seasons as NIU’s Director of Basketball Operations before being promoted to an assistant coaching role prior to the 2013-14 season.
During the 2013-14 campaign, the Huskies engineered the largest single-season win improvement in school history, and the 10th-largest nationally for the season, recording a 10-win improvement, going 15-17, NIU’s most victories since the 2005-06 season.
Despite having the second-least experienced team in the MAC, NIU posted its most non-conference wins, six, since 1999-2000 and its most home wins, 10, 1994-95; NIU closed the season with a five-game home winning streak. The Huskies also recorded their first top-50 RPI win, Toledo on Feb. 26, since December 14, 1999 (Wisconsin).
NIU earned the No. 7 seed in the Mid-American Conference Tournament, earning a first round home game for the first time since 2003, while advancing to Cleveland for the second time in three seasons. Jordan Threloff earned All-MAC honorable mention recognition and Aaric Armstead was named to the MAC All-Freshman Team.
The Huskies continued to make strides during the 2014-15 season as they posted a 14-16 record playing against a strength of schedule ranked 147th in the nation, NIU’s best since 2004-05. Playing in a much-improved MAC, NIU posted an RPI of 188, the school’s best since 2005-06.
The 2014-15 Huskies opened the season with six-straight home wins, tying a school-record with 11 consecutive home victories dating back to 2013-14. NIU posted its first winning non-conference record since 2005-06 and the Huskies also finished the season strong, winning each of their last four regular season games, including a win at Toledo, NIU’s first win over Western Michigan since 2010 and a victory over MAC regular season champion Central Michigan.
A native of Manistee, Mich., Larson began his collegiate coaching career as a student assistant at Grand Valley before being promoted to a full-time assistant coaching role for the 2004-05 season, helping the Lakers win 18 games and mentoring Callistus Eziukwu to GLIAC Freshman of the Year honors.
Following that season, Larson moved on to Western Michigan where he spent two seasons as the Coordinator of Basketball Operations. The Broncos finished second in the MAC West in each of Larson’s two seasons in Kalamazoo.
Prior to coming to NIU, Larson was a member of the basketball staff at the University of Utah for four years. He began his time with the Utes as Video Coordinator in 2007-08 before becoming Director of Player Development for his final three seasons in Salt Lake City under head coach Jim Boylen.
Larson helped the Utes win the Mountain West Conference championship in 2009 and advance to the NCAA Tournament. Utah finished the season ranked 25th in the Associated Press poll and Luke Nevill earned honorable mention All-America and Mountain West Player of the Year honors. Larson helped mentor 13 all-conference selections during his time with the Utes.
Larson spent his first two seasons at NIU as Director of Basketball Operations; his primary responsibilities included scheduling, budgeting, travel, camps and on-campus recruiting.
Larson graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2004, with a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and a minor in Spanish. He also received his M.B.A. from Western Michigan in 2009. He and his wife, Juliana, reside in DeKalb.